Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. ~Twyla Tharpe

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Artist Statement:

My love of nature always inspires my artwork. Whether of landscapes, seascapes, or animals, my paintings are my way to preserve the rapidly disappearing beauty of the world around us. A deeper appreciation of the basis for that beauty – the earth itself, the air we breathe, the fire that can renew growth, and the water that sustains our life – brought about a new aspect of my work, and my style morphed into an exploration of the elements – earth, air, fire and water.

My paintings often begin with studying the natural minerals and rough gemstones I have collected my whole life. The intricate details of these stones create beautiful worlds of their own to behold. I start with applying layers of color, in either in oils or pastels, and intersperse them with metallics and iridescent pigments. I let my intuition and love of brilliant colors take the paintings into fantastic new directions, until they depict a mystical new universe to explore.

I find I am constantly excited and motivated by the Earth element, and I’m looking forward to continuing in each aspect of these explorations as I move into the other elements. My work strives to express the inward significance of our true selves. Human beings are visual creatures, and it is in our nature to make judgements based on outward appearances. The matrix of stone on the outside of a geode may be drab and uninteresting, just a rock that looks like thousands of others around it, but when the treasure inside is exposed and polished, the dazzling results are breathtaking and priceless. The dull exterior of a geode rock had become a metaphor for my life and art. By breaking free and escaping the matrix, my true colors and artistry are able to shine.

“Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye… it also includes the inner pictures of the soul.”  Edvard Munch